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31st Dec '17 11:35:17 AM nombretomado
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* One episode of ''GummiBears'' featured a medicine show cast in a rare ''sympathetic'' light: the proprietor is genuinely trying to make his elixir do exactly what he says it will, but his efforts inevitably end in failure (and plenty of angry customers). A well-intentioned Tummi tries to help him by slipping some Gummiberry Juice into the mix, which gives the man's customers temporary super strength and attracts [[BigBad Duke Igthorn]]'s attention. In the end, the man finally finds the success he's been looking for when he inadvertently discovers that his normal elixir makes plants grow like crazy - he makes his fortune selling it as fertilizer. (Could be a StealthPun, considering what one might call the claims made by the usual salesmen.)

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* One episode of ''GummiBears'' ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' featured a medicine show cast in a rare ''sympathetic'' light: the proprietor is genuinely trying to make his elixir do exactly what he says it will, but his efforts inevitably end in failure (and plenty of angry customers). A well-intentioned Tummi tries to help him by slipping some Gummiberry Juice into the mix, which gives the man's customers temporary super strength and attracts [[BigBad Duke Igthorn]]'s attention. In the end, the man finally finds the success he's been looking for when he inadvertently discovers that his normal elixir makes plants grow like crazy - he makes his fortune selling it as fertilizer. (Could be a StealthPun, considering what one might call the claims made by the usual salesmen.)
25th Sep '17 5:32:53 PM nombretomado
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* The premise for the BettyBoop cartoon "Betty Boop, M.D."

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* The premise for the BettyBoop WesternAnimation/BettyBoop cartoon "Betty Boop, M.D."
23rd Sep '17 2:50:36 PM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' do this in "Grandpa Simpson vs. Sexual Inadequacy". It backfires when the townspeople notice that the shill - Homer - is shown in a massive portrait on the front of the bottle. Homer notes that the townsfolk didn't start chasing them [[LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn until Grampa started playing a tape with some getaway music]].
** Ironically the product is completely genuine, they just end up convincing the townsfolk otherwise. Springfield itself has ground to a standstill because all the grownups are at home taking advantage of the product.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' do this in "Grandpa Simpson vs. Sexual Inadequacy". It backfires when the townspeople notice that the shill - Homer - is shown in a massive portrait on the front of the bottle. Homer notes that the townsfolk didn't start chasing them [[LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn until Grampa started playing a tape with some getaway music]].
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music]]. Ironically the product is completely genuine, [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat they just end up convincing the townsfolk otherwise.otherwise]]. Springfield itself has ground to a standstill because all the grownups are at home taking advantage of the product.
7th Aug '17 3:13:57 PM N1KF
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These productions were usually sponsored by some sort of elixir or panacea, or "snake oil" to critics, that purportedly would cure a wide variety of ills. In addition to a SnakeOilSalesman, common acts included freak shows, stage magic, musicians, stand-up comedy and flea circuses. In many ways, the MedicineShow was the direct ancestor of commercial radio and television shows, free entertainment interrupted at regular intervals by advertisements.

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These productions were usually sponsored by some sort of elixir or panacea, or "snake oil" to critics, that purportedly would cure a wide variety of ills. In addition to a SnakeOilSalesman, common acts included freak shows, stage magic, musicians, stand-up comedy and flea circuses. In many ways, the MedicineShow Medicine Show was the direct ancestor of commercial radio and television shows, free entertainment interrupted at regular intervals by advertisements.



* The movie version of ''The Rainmaker'' has a MedicineShow prologue to establish Burt Lancaster in the role of the SnakeOilSalesman.

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* The movie version of ''The Rainmaker'' has a MedicineShow Medicine Show prologue to establish Burt Lancaster in the role of the SnakeOilSalesman.



* Music/OldCrowMedicineShow isn't an actual MedicineShow, but their music wouldn't be terribly out of place at one. Except for the one about [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam]]. And maybe [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gX1EP6mG-E this one]].

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* Music/OldCrowMedicineShow isn't an actual MedicineShow, Medicine Show, but their music wouldn't be terribly out of place at one. Except for the one about [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam]]. And maybe [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gX1EP6mG-E this one]].
1st Aug '17 2:52:35 PM pointycatears
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' do this in "Grandpa Simpson vs. Sexual Inadequacy". It backfires when the townspeople notice that the shill - Homer - is shown in a massive portrait on the front of the bottle. Homer notes that the townsfolk didn't start chasing them until Grampa started playing a tape with some getaway music.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' do this in "Grandpa Simpson vs. Sexual Inadequacy". It backfires when the townspeople notice that the shill - Homer - is shown in a massive portrait on the front of the bottle. Homer notes that the townsfolk didn't start chasing them [[LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn until Grampa started playing a tape with some getaway music.music]].
22nd Jul '17 8:30:22 PM PaulA
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* ''[[Film/RoadTo Road to Singapore]]'' has Hope, Crosby and Lamour playing ocarinas and selling bottled soap as a miracle stain remover.

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* ''[[Film/RoadTo Road to Singapore]]'' ''Film/RoadToSingapore'' has Hope, Crosby and Lamour playing ocarinas and selling bottled soap as a miracle stain remover.
27th May '17 12:10:09 PM nombretomado
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* Music/OldCrowMedicineShow isn't an actual MedicineShow, but their music wouldn't be terribly out of place at one. Except for the one about [[TheVietnamWar Vietnam]]. And maybe [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gX1EP6mG-E this one]].

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* Music/OldCrowMedicineShow isn't an actual MedicineShow, but their music wouldn't be terribly out of place at one. Except for the one about [[TheVietnamWar [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam]]. And maybe [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gX1EP6mG-E this one]].
1st May '17 10:31:29 AM CynicalBastardo
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' do this in "Grandpa Simpson vs. Sexual Inadequacy". It backfires when the townspeople notice that the shill - Homer - is shown in a massive portrait on the front of the bottle.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' do this in "Grandpa Simpson vs. Sexual Inadequacy". It backfires when the townspeople notice that the shill - Homer - is shown in a massive portrait on the front of the bottle. Homer notes that the townsfolk didn't start chasing them until Grampa started playing a tape with some getaway music.
9th Apr '17 8:43:58 AM TheNicestGuy
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* ''Literature/WaterMargin'' suggests that the core concept of the Medicine Show is [[OlderThanTheyThink at least as old]] as [[OlderThanPrint Song-dynasty China]]. A few of the heroes are first encountered giving martial arts demonstrations in the street, trying to attract a crowd that they can sell invigorating medicines to. The source and efficacy of the medicine is not really addressed, as the point is generally to show that these genuinely skilled men have [[FallenOnHardTimesJob fallen on hard times]] before the plot gets them into some real gallantry.
13th Nov '16 9:32:19 AM nombretomado
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* DannyKaye works for one for a while before being mistaken for ''The Inspector General''.

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* DannyKaye Creator/DannyKaye works for one for a while before being mistaken for ''The Inspector General''.
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